Outhart’s charges kick off National Hunt term in style

Vintage Vinnie in action jockeyed by AP McCoy
Vintage Vinnie in action jockeyed by AP McCoy

Scarborough racehorse owner Tony Outhart has assembled a powerful arsenal of runners for the new National Hunt season.

Former Scarborough FC winger Outhart is part of a successful syndicate that boasts a 12-strong list of runners for the hurdles and steeplechases.

Among them are O’Faolains Boy and The Romford Pele, who harbour big ambitions for the next few months.

But it is two of their younger stablemates who are kicking up a fuss at the moment.

Seven-year-old Vintage Vinnie has already scooped two victories.

He initially won a maiden hurdle at Worcester as a prep run and then went on to break the course record on Saturday in the 188 Bet Handicap Steeplechase, which was a Class One listed run at Market Rasen.

Pickamix, a grey gelding, also won a bumper at the same Lincolnshire course, in what has been a useful start to the season.

Outhart is hopeful that this early form continues.

He said: “For Vintage Vinnie to break the course record in a competitive handicap is a very good performance.

“He has made a good start to the season, we may look at him for the Paddy Power Gold Cup in November at Cheltenham.

“Pickamix is another good hurdling prospect, who we are hoping for big things from after his win at Market Rasen.”

Following this solid start, the big guns O’Faolains Boy and The Romford Pele will soon be released from their summer slumber for a crack at some of the calendar’s top events.

Outhart added: “We are hopeful and our dream is to have a runner in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National.

“O’Faolains Boy had a disappointing season last time out, but we are hoping he will be back to his best.

“He’s a possibility for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury at the end of November.

“If things go according to plan then we believe he will have a pretty good chance in the National.

“O’Faolains Boy has beaten the 2015 National winner Many Clouds and last year’s Gold Cup winner Don Cossack as a novice chaser, but a lot can happen before then.

“If he hadn’t had his injuries then we feel he’d have been up there with them now.

“He will have his first run of the season at Punchestown on October 13.

“The Romford Pele will be going over the hurdles this year, pushing on towards Cheltenham.

“He’ll first be out at Cheltenham on October 21.”